I wanted to post some comments about some Rough Rider knives. I know most of the readers of this forum probably do not carry China made knives, but I am pretty sure I am not the only one here who sometimes carries one. Five knives today.
5 1/2" Clasp Knife
I ordered this knife after looking over an AAPK thread about clasp knives. I thought they looked interesting. For my first foray nto the clasp knife category I bought a cheap Rough Rider. Nothing about it is disappointing. Size: huge, weight: heavy, blade: sharp. Walk and talk is perfect for the size of the knife. That means that you do not want your finger in the way when it snaps closed! I have not had it long, and probably like most clasp knives of this size, it has not been used much.
5" Fish knife
I bought this knife to use, and I have used it quite a bit. The scaling blade works well at scaling fish, unless the fish is of a species with very large and tough scales. It does fine on Speckled Trout, White Trout, Kingfish, and Croakers. Up against a large Red Drum it is weak. But I think that any folding scaling tool would be over stressed against a large Red Drum. The clip blade is good. Long enough for filleting and stout enough to hack rib bones. It takes and holds an edge pretty good. I have had it in saltwater several times and so far it has no rust. The blades have what I consider perfect snap opening and closing.
4" Three backspring lockback whittler
This is a nice size pocket knife with nice size blades. The clip is a good size and shape. But I really like the secondary blades. The spey blade has a modified shape that I like alot better than the traditional spey blade. The sheepsfoot blade is a good size and shape. Unlike most two spring whittlers, all three blades are the same thickness. Decent snap opening and closing. All round, this is a very good knife. I have carried it a fair bit, and the only thing I have against it is that it is not a traditional whittler!
3 1/2" Whittler
This is a very good knife for the price. I have carried and used this knife at work where it was satuated with sweat all day and saltwater fishing where it was exposed to saltwater. So far, no rust. It takes and holds and edge pretty well. The saber ground main blade is a bit thick for fine slicing (much like the Case Seahorse) but it is good for light rough work. The snap is decent, not real strong, but quite adequate. This is a split backspring whittler.
This is a tiny knife. It is a split backspring whittler, and seems well made. Maybe suitable for heading strawberries or cleaning your nails. I really have not used it much due to the small size